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DO YOU HAVE HOUSEHELPS ? MAKE SURE YOU DO THE FOLLOWING

We all have things we would want from our new help and things they should not go against. This post shows on how handle the trickiness of employees who live in your home: Not everything may be a applicable, but perhaps these tips will give you ideas to choose from.

• DON’T PAY THEM THE MINIMUM! PAY THEM MUCH BETTER!
In Kenya, at the moment (26th October 2018) the minimum wage of payment for house helps is Ksh 12,926.55. Always try as much as possible to adhere to this law as most househelps send money to their families and also want to save some for them.

INVEST FOR THEM
If capable set money aside for your helpers monthly, on top of their salaries or agree with them to set a small amount aside for themselves. This allows the helpers to have forced savings for future needs.

• INCREASE EVERY YEAR.
Most employees get an increment every year, so why not your househelp? If you keep your househelp for long and you like the work she does then giving an increment in salary should not be a problem.

• FEED THEM WELL.
This sounds ridiculous to say, but it is common to have a separate menu for helpers. In most cases this is what may cause your house help to pilfer because they are not satisfied. Unless you’re eating a different meal due to your dietary needs then it is good to accommodate the help in your meal plans.

DON’T BE DEPENDENT ON THEM TO SERVE YOU.
Do not expect the house help to do everything for you, show them know that you can take care of the kids and the home on your own. It will certainly be difficult if this became the reality. But the point is to show them that you are not asking them to do what you can’t do yourself.

• DAYS OFF.
If possible ensure your house help has a day off once a week. Some prefer to accumulate their days and do 3 consecutive days off in a month; in which if that is the case

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO RESPECT YOUR HELPERS.
Do not allow your kids to shout, hit, or command the househelp. If they need something they have to ask politely. Better yet, if they can do it for themselves, let them do it. Teach your children to be responsible and not to be overly dependent on the help.

• COMMUNICATE CORE VALUES & BELIEFS.
Every family has core values and beliefs it lives by, which make it able to survive and thrive. Communicate these to your helpers by modeling them and explaining their application in day-to-day scenarios.

LET GO OF THE BAD SEED.
There are some helpers who refuse to change and get along with others. They also cause conflict because they are contentious and gossipers. s. You have to let such like people go if they do not improve because they infect and hurt others, spoiling the dynamic of good working relationships. The better thing to do in these instances is to let them go.

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